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WATCH: Woman claims police pulled over motorist at road block and forced to withdraw money

03 December, 04:01 PM

A video of an altercation between police officers and a woman at the Honeydew police station has gone viral.

The woman in the video, Ruth du Toit, claims her friend was forced to withdraw cash to pay officers after being pulled over by police at a road block on Wednesday night.

She filmed the video at the Honeydew police station on Thursday after demanding to see the police vehicle tracking logs from the night before. The video ends with a police officer knocking Du Toit's cellphone from her hand.

Friend threatened

"My friend was pulled over last night by cops and was threatened, they wanted to arrest her," she wrote on her Facebook page.

"They made her [withdraw] R2 500 to let her go. She was not drunk or even over the limit. They took her phone, drivers licence and shoes, and told her they have her ID number so they can find where she lives...therefore out of fear she [withdrew] the money."

Honeydew police spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan said they have no knowledge of the alleged incident.

"There is no information pertaining to an individual taken to a bank to withdraw money," he told News24.

Vehicle logs

Du Toit added that she asked for the police vehicle logs "so we can see which vehicle stayed behind, hence we will find the officers responsible".

She wrote that the officer in the video said all Johannesburg police vehicles have not been tracked for the past three months. 

Muthan refused to offer comment on this allegation. "These are things written on Facebook. It cannot be verified that she said this and the officer said that," he said.

Muthan said he saw the video and it shows nothing about a person being taken to the bank. 

"The incident of the video that was taken in the police station was brought to my knowledge and has been escalated to my station commander," he concluded.

Attempts to reach Du Toit for further comments have so far been unsuccessful.

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